- What a Difference a Day Made
- These are the Days
- Singin’ in the Rain
- But For Now
- Old Devil Moon
- I Could Have Danced All Night
- Blame it on My Youth
- I Get a Kick Out Of You
- All at sea
- Wind Cries Mary
- Lover, You Should Have Come Over
- Next Year, Baby
As I write this review I heard on the radio today that this album
has gone to No1 in the UK CD Charts. This is a cause for some celebration,
the most heavily featured tracks have been the standards and it proves
that there is a market for quality. It has been a mystery to me for
many years why many artists have chosen to record inferior new material,
when the classic songbook contains as many fine songs that are rarely
heard as those do that are often heard. That isn’t to say there is
no place for new songs, but they must be of a quality comparable with
the existing catalogue. This album has some fine new songs as well!
Three of them are Jamie Cullum compositions!
Jamie Cullum is an extremely talented young man, capable of holding
his own as a jazz pianist and quality singer. He also has the good
sense to realise that working with the best musicians will enhance
his performance; it certainly worked for Harry Connick Jr! He already
has some well paid contracts and looks set for a career as an international
entertainer. On his version of Old Devil Moon, a Sinatra favourite,
but this is an original version from Jamie, there is a nice tenor
solo from Ben Castle who plays on several tracks as do Martin Shaw,
trumpet and Alan Barnes, alto.
Jamie manages to put his personal stamp on everything in the album
and it is nice to hear new versions of songs, like the funky version
of I Could Have Danced All Night.
Anyone wanting to check out his credentials as a singer should listen
to Blame It On My Youth. The diction is perfect and the backing from
the trio exemplary. I Get a Kick has an exciting riff in the background
and again the support from Geof Gascoyne, bass and Sebastiaan De Krom,
drums is top class.
Jamie draws his repertoire from a wide base; Wind Cries Mary is a
Jimi Hendrix composition. I have not worked out who Ben Cullum is
but he has contributed some good songs and has from what the sleeve
note says been a strong influence on Jamie.
Let’s hope that his career is not managed to death by some of the
geeks who have got hold of young talent in the past and killed off
their long term potential in the rush to make a quick buck! An interesting
point, this album was recorded in analogue because the producer did
not feel voice enhancement would be required, he was right, it would
be interesting to hear a similarly recorded ‘Pop Idol’.
We are all going to hear a lot more of Jamie Cullum.